Makeup For Glasses!

Makeup for Glasses Tips + Tricks

Makeup For Glasses

Glasses have come a long way from the ‘nerd’ stereotype! In fact a lot of people buy glasses even without a prescription just for the look of them! They can be so stylish and fashionable and can really make you stand out. However if you are a makeup lover like me it can be a bit tricky to make your makeup last under glasses. I am going to give you all my tips and tricks for makeup for glasses! Also check out my Youtube Video where I take you through a tutorial on this look!

Top Ten Tips + Tricks

Go Matte but not flat!

The biggest concern with glasses is that the makeup wears off on your nose where the bridge of your glasses hits it. Depending on the size your glasses can also lay on your cheeks. Wherever the glasses touch the makeup usually transfers because your face is getting sweaty and more oil is being produced.

Start with a matte face primer. Make sure to put it on the bride of your nose, around your nose, and under the eyes. Anywhere your glasses touch your skin.

Then choose a mattifying foundation. Again we want the least amount of oil to be produced causing your makeup to transfer and wear off. The one that has the least transfer for me is the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.

Work in Layers

The best tip I can give you is to avoid the nose area as much as possible. Some people won’t need to put any concealer or foundation on the sides of their nose. That will work best, but if you need some coverage only put it where you need it. Spot concealing (where you place the concealer only exactly where you need it) is a better option that just loading the nose with product. If you work in thin layers and take the time to really blend then there will be less built up product on  your face to transfer to your glasses. Be sure to choose a long lasting waterproof concealer like the Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer.

Brighten Under Your Eyes

Glasses tend to cause a shadow under your eyes that make you look tired. So go in with a colour correcting concealer that brightens and cancels out dark circles. Still use only as much product as you need and thin layers. Peach/pink toned concealers are the best for brightening under the eyes. I like the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector.

Blot + Set

Once your foundation and concealer are on take a blotting paper and gently put it on your nose and cheeks. This will take away any excess oil while leaving your makeup in place! It will make sure your base is in good form right from the start! Then go in with a translucent loose setting powder and put that everywhere you put concealer. This will lock everything into place and give you the longest wear. I love the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.

Set It and Forget It

Setting spray is your best friend. There are lots of brands and they all lock your makeup into place and make it last longer! So it won’t rub off on your frames. They even have mattifying sprays as well! So douce yourself in it! Spray your brush and then lightly tap your brush onto your nose for added longevity.

Line and Define

Eyeliner can be your best friend. Go for waterproof eyeliner for sure! The best are the Urban Decay Waterline Eye Pencils. The colour is where you can have fun. Depending on the colour and style of your glasses. A winged out cat eye liner looks great with most pairs. If you have colourful glasses use a blue or green eyeliner. My glasses show off my lower lash line more than my eyelids so I love to put lots of smokey eyeliner down there. It is a great way to add pops of colour since it is so visible.

A lot of people complain that their lashes hit their lenses. So you definitely want to curl your eyelashes so they go away from your frames. Go for volumizing mascara as opposed to lengthening, and really focus the product in the root of the lashes. This will give you lots of drama without the annoying part of long lashes hitting your lenses. And as always go for waterproof! Lots of people have problems with mascara running and wearing off so go for a waterproof one! I love Tarte Lights, Camera Splashes Mascara. Make sure you WAIT till your mascara DRIES before putting your glasses on 🙂

Your Brows

Your glasses frame your face but your eyebrows frame your glasses! You definitely want to fill in your brows. For one they are usually always visible with glasses. And also they really add to the structure of your face and make the glasses stand out. I would fill them in just naturally to give them definition. If you go too bold you may take away from your frames! Also highlight your brow bone with a shimmering white shadow! This will lift the eyes and make them look bigger.

On to the Eyes

There are so many things I could say about eyeshadow. It really depends on the colour and style of the frames. If you want a daytime look, or a night out looks. If you glasses make your eyes look bigger or smaller. Overall eyeshadow is something you can’t always see on your lids with glasses. So you can go a bit crazier with it if you want! You won’t see that bold purple shadow as intensely when you put your glasses on. Put blue on lower lash line to make your eyes pop.

If you are trying to make your eyes look bigger under your frames, go for light neutral colours. Stick with matte shades and add a bit of shimmer in the inner corners and centre of the lid. Also use a white or nude eyeliner in the lower waterline to really draw the eyes up!

Frame Your Whole Face

Your face and your cheeks are the most visible when wearing glasses! So really use that to your advantage. Go for a pop of colour with your blush! It will make you look more rested and alive! Also contour is a must! lol. Contouring can add more definition to your face. I sometimes feel like I lose structure to my face with glasses so I like to add more contour and really make those cheek bones pop! Also get your glow on! Since we used so many mattifying products you can really give that healthy glow back to your face with highlighter!! It will make you sparkle under your frames!


Lipstick is where you can really stand out. Since your eyes are hidden you can skip eye makeup all together and just wear a bold red lip and you will instantly look put together with your frames! I feel like red lipstick goes so well with glasses! Using a bold colour on your lips with balance out your face. All the attention won’t just go to your glasses. 🙂

I hope some of these tips help! Again there is no one way to do your makeup… ever! So just do what feels right!